Advocates in Motion
Who are Advocates in Motion?
For more information about who we are and what we do, view our brochure:
Are you interested in learning an effective way to speak out about issues that are important to people with intellectual challenges?
Do you want to be part of a group that talks about and finds ways to resolve issues that are important to people with intellectual challenges?
Are you interested in making a difference in your life and the lives of others?
The word SELF ADVOCATE is used to describe people with an intellectual challenge who speak for themselves. Self Advocacy means speaking up in a positive way and defending firmly one’s rights and opinions, finding solutions to problems, supporting people’s ideas for change. Some people may need support to express their wishes.
Self Advocates on the Committee:
- Make sure Community Living Fort Erie and the community know what is really important to people with intellectual challenges.
- Discuss and make suggestions for action on policies and issues that affect self advocates.
- Makes sure Community Living Fort Erie actively involve self advocates in decisions that affect their lives.
- Set up work groups which will look at specific issues about the rights, needs and interests of self advocates.
Description of a Self Advocacy Committee
- Chairperson – this is a member of the committee who coordinates and runs the meetings.
- Secretary – this is a member who records the minutes of the meetings and takes attendance.
- Members – attend meetings and speak up on behalf of themselves and others.
- Advisor – this is a staff person who helps members think about issues and how they affect them. They help members decide what action to take on different issues. They assist the chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary in any duties they may require support with.
We want to ensure that we are hearing the voice of the people we are providing service to. We want to create a comfortable and supportive forum for people with intellectual challenges to voice their concerns and issues. We want to ensure we are providing quality services by listening to people and making changes for improvement.
NEED EMERGENCY OR PHOTO CARDS?
Any person supported by Community Living Fort Erie who requires an “Emergency Card” (which will contain Emergency Need to Know Information) can call 905-871-6770 or you may also come directly to our office to request one.
ONTARIO PHOTO IDENTIFICATION CARDS-
Service Ontario provides an Ontario Photo Card. This identification is a convenient alternative for any non-driver to confirm age or identity, if you are 16 years of age or over and an Ontario resident.
For a participating location near you call toll free at 1-800-387-3445 or go to ServiceOntario.ca/Photo Card